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Rape: Court dismisses Femi Olaleye’s no-case submission



The special offences and domestic violence court in Lagos has dismissed the no-case submission filed by Femi Olaleye, managing director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation.

Olaleye is currently facing a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration.

However, he pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him by the Lagos state government.

The cancer care advocate was accused of sexually violating a minor, said to be his wife’s niece, for over 20 months.

At the resumption of the hearing on Thursday, Olusegun Fabunmi, lead counsel for the defence, argued that the prosecution had not provided sufficient evidence against the defendant to warrant him to enter a defence.

Fabunmi said there was no time that the defendant was caught engaging in the alleged crime.

“The defendant even denied committing the offence. There is no prima facie case linking the defendant to the offence,” the counsel said.

“In the first instance, the survivor did not state that the offence was committed, it was afterthought.

“We want the court to look at the testimony of pw6, the police officer, who said that the survivor did not produce the medical report at the time she alleged the offence was committed.”

On his part, Babajide Martins, counsel to the state government, said the survivor identified the defendant as the person who allegedly asked her to perform sexual activities on him.

“There is no doubt about the identity of the defendant as the survivor gave an account of how she was asked to suck the defendant’s sexual organ,” Martins said.

“The issue that PW2 (survivor) does not know when the incident happened does not arise. The testimony of the survivor corroborated what the prosecution alleged the defendant of.

“Even when the survivor was cross-examined by the learned silk, she informed the court that her defilement was during her menstrual cycle.

“That indicates that the survivor knows her menstrual time. The survivor said that the defendant usually came when the children were asleep.

“We humbly urge the court to dismiss the application of the defendant and ask him to enter his defence.”

Ruling on the no-case application, Ramon Oshodi, the presiding judge, dismissed the application, while directing the defendant to open his defense.

“I am inclined to agree with the prosecution and I do believe that the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses namely pw1 to pw6, and the exhibits tendered thus far have made it worthwhile to continue the trial,” the judge ruled.

“The no-case submission is hereby overruled, and accordingly, the defendant is hereby called upon to open his defense.”

The case was adjourned till March 29 for the continuation of the trial.


JUST IN: NLC To Embark On Nationwide Strike Over Naira Scarcity




The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed public sector workers in the country to embark on strike beginning from Wednesday next week.

Joe Ajaero, NLC president, gave the directive at an ongoing media briefing at Labour House in Abuja on Wednesday.

He also directed that affiliate unions constituting the Nigeria Labour Congress should also be on standby for picketing exercise across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nationwide.

He said the directive became imperative following the expiration of a one-week ultimatum given to the apex bank to make cash available for Nigerians.

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Lagos Airport Hotel assures customers of safety after fire incident




The Management of the Lagos Airport Hotel Limited has allayed the fears of customers after the fire incident in one of the layover rooms in its administrative section.

The hotel’s Acting General Manager, Mrs Folashade Awe, in a statement, assured customers of their safety, as the fire incident was far from the customers’ service blocks

According to her, no life was lost as it was quickly brought under control.

“Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained at the time of this report, it might likely be as a result of an electric spark,” Awe remarked.

The acting general manager claimed that the hotel operated on a high level of general safety and discipline “and wishes to correct the impression that the whole hotel was on fire”.

She reiterated that only a tiny portion of the staff layover that was isolated from the hotel service rooms was affected and the incident did not in any way affect the hotel’s daily operations.

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INEC to resume collation of results in Abia, Enugu today




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will resume the collation of election results in three LGAs in Enugu and Abia states today.

The electoral body had on Monday suspended the collation of results from Obingwa LGA in Abia as well as Nsukka and Nkanu East LGAs in Enugu.

Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, announced the resumption of the exercise in a statement on Wednesday.

“It will be recalled that the Commission met on Monday 20th March 2023 and reviewed the conduct of the Governorship and State Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023,” the statement reads.

“Arising from the meeting, the Commission took the decision to suspend further collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States in order to carry out a review of the collation processes in both States.

“The Commission has concluded the review. Consequently, the collation of results for the Governorship election in both Abia and Enugu States will continue today 22nd March 2023.

“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of the people of both states as we conclude the collation processes.”

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